If you use the internet, you’ve probably heard of “the cloud.” This amorphous concept can be a little bit hard to wrap your head around: It allows you to store documents remotely and access them from anywhere, but how does it really work? And what is the cloud anyway? For the answers to these questions and more, read on and find out what you need to know about the cloud.
What is the cloud?
In its simplest sense, the cloud is just a metaphor for the internet. The idea is that the internet is all encompassing and universally available and connects users, no matter where they are physically located.
How does cloud computing work?
Cloud computing is used to describe the sharing of resources, information, and software via the internet. When you store information in the cloud, it is housed on a physical server that is owned and operated by your cloud provider, whether that be Apple if you’re using iCloud or a specific app company. By storing your information in the cloud (i.e. on these remote servers), you do not need to save the information to your personal hard drive and you will have access to an unlimited amount of storage space.
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
One of the biggest benefits offered by the cloud is the fact that you can access cloud-hosted information remotely from anywhere on any device just so long as you have login credentials. Cloud computing also allows multiple users to work on a document at the same time in applications such as GoogleDocs and Office 365, which has made it incredibly valuable for employees who work remotely. Cloud computing can be used in a wide variety of ways, from individual users who want to be able to access their photos from anywhere to large businesses that need a platform to create applications. Many cloud computing services offer a certain amount of storage space for free, but once you go beyond that point you’ll have to begin to pay a monthly or yearly fee, depending on the service you are using.
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